On last week’s GAINcast we started a discussion on agility with Frans Bosch and John Pryor, looking at transfer, traditional strength training, and common misconceptions of their work.Bosch and Pryor have formed a strong partnership that has helped redefine strength and conditioning by bringing together the science of coaching and art of coaching. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the conversation to look at the first step in implementing Bosch’s ideas, redefining general training, connecting movements, and more.
Notes and quotes
Bosch has his roots in athletics where he coached many world class jumpers and served as high jump national coach for Holland. More recently he has worked as a lecturer in motor learning and training theory and has worked as a consultant and specialist coach for the Welsh and Japanese national rugby teams and the West Ham United Football Club.
Pryor is currently the head of strength and conditioning for Fiji Rugby and has previously served in the same role for Japan Rugby, as well as several top professional clubs including the Brumbies and Suntory Sungoliath.
To hear the start of our conversation, listen to part 1 of the interview on last week’s episode.
- 3:15 – First things that stood out to us about Bosch’s work: “Motor learning doesn’t just take place on the field. “
- 7:00 – Making complex simple.
- 10:00 – John Pryor’s first impressions of Bosch’s work.
- 12:30 – Redefining “general” training: “The motor control system is very economical, it doesn’t want to store all possible movement patterns. It was to store as little as possible and find connections between different movements. ” “General means it can move freely between different movement patterns. It does not mean it is not specific; it may be specific to many other movement patterns. “
- 16:00 – The generality of key lower body movement attractors and how attractors move between sports: “From the waist down, pitching in baseball is just a variation on running. Many different movement patters are based on the same principles of self-organization. ” “Until you get the basic self-organization building blocks of in place, you shouldn’t talk about the specific technique of the sport. Without the building blocks, you will never reach an efficient technique. “
- 19:00 – Connecting and integrating movements.
- 22:00 – Adapting the methods to a new culture from Japan to Fiji.
- 25:00 – Easy takeaways for coaches: hip lock and down from above. “Learning this stuff isn’t about understanding the theory and the practical application. It’s a back and forth, you learn theory, translate it into practical application, and through that understand the theory better. It’s a back and forth. “
- 29:30 – How injury prevention and agility connect.
To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.
The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Both Bosch and Pryor are interviewed in our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches. Bosch’s book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach is also available in the HMMR store.
- You can learn more from Bosch and Pryor on Twitter at @fransboschbook and @fit3k. You can register for their upcoming seminar series in the US here.
- If you haven’t already, listen to the first part of our interview with Bosch and Pryor on last week’s episode.
- We have lots of other additional resources on the site from both, including more to come later this month. Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to the following: